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Where in the rabbinic writings are there examples of the word "Elul" that mean or imply "harvest" and/or "search"?

For the first one: there's an Aramaic term עללתא, meaning "crop" or "harvest" (see Talmud, Nedarim 55a, and Targum Onkelos to Vayikra 25:3). Could be that the Akkadian cognate, if ...
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Why do we say the 13 Middos so often?

See this article by Rabbi Frand, where he discusses the related question of why it is that we do not always see the recital of the 13 middot actually being effective in practice. He quotes two basic ...
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Did Rabbi Akiva Go To Africa?

Yes! we definitely find this name in other Rabbinic literature. See Sanhedrin 94a. Yerushalmi Sheviis chapter 6. Yitzchak Meitlis in the appendix to his book Excavating the Bible writes that this ...
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Why would a malicious declaration of Rosh Hachodesh be legal (R"H 25a)?

The Rambam in Hilchos Kiddush Hachodesh Perek 2, leaves out the option of Meizid, however Tosfos on 22B clearly says that he had the words included in the Gemarah. The Yaavitz in his commentary to ...
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Who authored the three hagahos in Rosh HaShanah?

It seems that these hagahot were written mostly by a number of Tosafists, though I don't know who added them to the Shas/connected them to the Tosfot in R"H1. From what I can tell, they don't ...
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Hashem in a Tallit

According to the Benei Yehoyada, "יעשו לפני כסדר הזה -- let them act before Me in accordance with this order" is not about prayer. (Contrary to the included explanation by Rav Edin ...
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Why were angels' names brought back?

You ask a fantastic question! The book Sichas Malachei Hashores was written by Rav Tzadok HaKohen of Lublin, where he expounds sources in the Bavli, Midrash, Zohar, and Yerushalmi pertaining to the ...
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How/best places to find time to think/reflect during RH/YK davening?

Since the question can be answered with mostly opinion based statements, I hope you would forgive me if I could not cite halakhah for all my claims. I dare to give an answer due to my (limited) ...
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How/best places to find time to think/reflect during RH/YK davening?

Try beforehand reading through all the davening in English (or any language you understand), so you get an idea what is really being said. This will show you that what is being said itself can be used ...
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Proof text in Rosh Hashanah for month of mating season

A potential answer is as follows: R. Yehoshua is not adducing a formal proof when he quotes the verse לבשו כרים הצאן. It is simply an additional support. He is saying that I said that creation was in ...
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How many women were remembered on Rosh Hashanah?

There were, indeed, four woman (the fourth being Rivka). Only the first three were "remembered" on Rosh Hashona. Hence, the Artsroll is correct when referring to the historical fact that four women ...
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Why does the fast of Tish'a B'Av begin before nightfall?

I think we may have a different reading of this. See be'er hetev #2 on the page you linked -- "one need not add any of the daytime to the fast"; the fast starts exactly at sunset. When Tisha B'Av is ...
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Why Shavuos on Sunday

The omer count is 49 days (seven complete weeks) after the bringing of the omer. Thus, Shavuos is one day of the week later than the "shabbos" which begins the omer period. That is day 1, 8, 15, 22, ...
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Why is Rosh Chodesh Nisan for kings - not Rosh Hashana?

As we learn in the first Bartenura of the first Mishna in Rosh Hashana, the Rosh Hashana for kings is on Rosh Hashana! The exception being for Jewish kings, and the reason is that we learn from a ...
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Why didn't they send messengers for Rosh Chodesh Shevat?

I think there are a few factors that significantly mitigate the magnitude of the problem: As indicated in comments by DoubleAA, most of Israel's major fruit crops' harvest seasons are not in Shevat-...
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Eternal Gehinom

It seems clear that the Sefer HaIkkarim (4:36) understood it literally. He writes that since God lasts infinitely, it is appropriate that one who sins against him be punished infinitely as well. And ...
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Has there been any scientific study that agrees with Talmud Rosh Hashanna 20b's time difference?

This question is based on a misunderstanding of the gemara. The assertion here isn't that there is a 6-hour time difference between Eretz Yisrael and Bavel. Rather, the case refers back to the ...
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What does this from Rosh Hashanah 17a mean?

The Ben Yehoyada provides two understandings: He explains that generally gehinnom acts as a tikun, a rectification for the judgement of the rest of the world but not so for the judgement of reshaim (...
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Measuring Moon's elevation in units of length

Very much like the OP's answer, I suggest that the thickness of and distance to the plow handle is standard. First of all, the thickness of a standard plow handle is stated in the Mishna (Kelim 17:8): ...
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Does birchat hachodesh need three people?

Thanks to @Moshe for the reference which says in part Mishnah Berurah then notes that blessing the month is not similar to the sanctification of the new month that would be done during the time ...
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Hashem in a Tallit

Rabbeinu Chananel provided the following interpretation/explanation: צוה למלאך להתעטף כש”ץ היורד לפני התיבה והראהו למשה ואמר ליה כל זה שישראל חוטאים לפני. עשה לפני כסדר הזה ואני מוחל להם. Translation:...
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According to those who argue on R’ Yehudah, why do we bring the Shtei HaLechem on Shavuos?

Sefer HaChinuch 307 refers to what he wrote in 302 (regarding the Omer): It is from the roots of the commandment [that it is] in order that we contemplate, through [this] deed, the great kindness ...
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Chronological order of stories involving Rabban Gamliel

Partial answer: בראש השנה אשתקד צעריה בבכורות במעשה דרבי צדוק צעריה. (emphasis mine). To me this means that a bunch of time had passed (a year?) between the first incident mentioned (Yom-Kippur) ...
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Asterisk and star shape?

It is only forbidden to make the form of a celestial body if it was intended as such. So an asterisk or a plain circle or a zero or the letter O or a picture of a starfish is permitted.
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What prompted the absent-Sanhedrin-head decree in Rosh Hashana 4:4?

Doros Harishonim (vol. 3, pp. 62ff) explains that R' Yochanan ben Zakkai moved to a town called Bror Chail (mentioned in Sanhedrin 32b and other places) so as not to overshadow R' Gamliel's nesius. So ...
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What is the point of praying if your fate is already decided on Rosh Hashana?

My rabbi when asked this question used to give a parable if a large company eg. Amazon. Yomim noraim is like when they send the products on big lorries to the warehouse. From there you can break it ...
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